Gemma Day

Claire Wilcox is the V&A's senior curator of fashion, where she is responsible for the 20th-century and contemporary dress collections. She is also professor of fashion curation at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.

During her time at the V&A, Wilcox has curated many headline exhibitions including Radical Fashion (2001), Vivienne Westwood (2004) and The Golden Age of Couture (2007). She was also the lead curator of the redisplay of the V&A’s permanent fashion collection (2012) and originating curator (V&A) for the Europeana Digital Fashion Project. In 2015 she curated the landmark exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

In 1999, Wilcox devised the popular live Fashion in Motion series in which contemporary designers present their collections to the public in a catwalk show in the setting of the V&A’s galleries. Over 50 designers have showcased their work at Fashion in Motion events including Phillip Treacy, Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix and Jenny Packham.

Wilcox has published widely and her titles include: Modern Fashion in Detail (V&A, 1998); A Century of Bags (Apple Press, 1998); The Ambassador Magazine: Promoting Post-War British Textiles and Fashion (V&A, 2012); and V&A Gallery of Fashion (V&A, 2013). She has also published catalogues to accompany the exhibitions Radical Fashion (V&A, 2001), Vivienne Westwood (V&A, 2004) and The Golden Age of Couture (V&A, 2007). Wilcox is  also editor of Alexander McQueen (V&A, 2015). She is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and sits on the editorial board of the journal Fashion Theory



  1. 13 Mar 2015
    Claire Wilcox features in a project.

    Unseen McQueen